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Five-Bullet Monday - Aug 9, 2021

Here is your Five-Bullet Monday, written this week from quarantine here in Sydney, Australia

A quote I am pondering:

"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." William Arthur Ward

Don't we love the moments when we catch glorious sunrises or sunsets, and we are grateful that we were in the right spot at just the right time to gaze on the beautiful array of colours? Like those short-lived sunrises, opportunities can be equally brief. When they present, we need to seize the moment lest we lose the opportunity altogether. It is often fear that holds us back, followed later by regret we didn't do it. Whenever an opportunity presents, we need to ask ourselves, "What is the worst that could happen?" and, if that isn't too bad, we should make sure we grab a hold of it.

A question I am asking myself:

What am I procrastinating doing today for no good reason?

Over the last couple of days, I have been putting off some todos for no good reason other than they weren't enjoyable to complete. Now, the time I spent thinking about them and finding excuses was probably more than it took to do them. So, on a couple of them, I gave myself a five, four, three, two, one countdown and got them done. The most challenging part was starting; doing wasn't half bad, and finishing was truly lovely.

A book I am reading:

Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others - Andrew Strobel and Jerold Panas

I saw this title and decided to get the book, as the quality of my questions still needs much improvement. It is an excellent short book and gives many great examples of how the right question opened up entirely new avenues for business and relationships. A question like "What's the Most Important Thing We Should Be Discussing Today?" is helpful, especially in meetings, where time is often wasted on menial topics.

My favourite podcast this week:

The Tim Ferris Show #525 – Giuliana Furci on the Wonders of Mycology and the World's largest Fungarium

If you love mushrooms, this show is for you! Guiliani Furci is one fascinating lady, and she has done more than just about anyone on the planet to put fungi in the global spotlight. Before this episode, I did not know that we should be talking about flora, fauna and fungi, as fungi don't fit under flora and are more closely related to animals than plants. We also have fungi to thank for antibiotics.

My highlights from the prior week

Getting into Australia, having three rows to myself in a Dreamliner and launching my website

There are quite a few highlights to talk about for the last week. Firstly, I managed to get a reasonable costing flight into Australia, overcome some hurdles along the way and get into Sydney okay. This was much to my relief, as to my daughter, Rebecca, in Brisbane, isolated from her family since January 2020. Secondly, the Boeing 787 I came in had only 18 passengers, so I had not just a row to myself, but pretty much any row I wanted to pick in the back of the plane. It was a somewhat surreal experience! And lastly, my son Ben has done some stellar work in building my website which we launched this week. The content is still on the light side, but it is a start, and it is also a good way for people to sign up for my Making Money Work course.

My challenge to you for this week

Start journaling daily, if you haven't already, and stick to it

I have shared before how journaling has been my most significant discovery of 2021, and I cannot endorse the habit enough. My early morning journaling is usually the highlight of my day, and time and time again, I have got inspiration and insight from those times. The time to reflect and work on yourself in the areas that are not so pretty is also compelling. While journaling, I often feel that I am both the potter and the clay, which is both challenging and rewarding. And, writing down the many things I am thankful for each day brings an internal joy and wellbeing that no earthly possessions can bestow.

Have an awesome week

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